Gambling addiction is an impulse-control disorder. People gamble for a range or reasons, initially starting by gambling moderately, which later becomes an addiction.  Things can quickly spiral out of control creating debt, dishonesty and pressure on relationships.  Compulsive gambling involves the constant urge to keep gambling, despite the toll it takes on your life. Those who gamble might show signs of their behaviour, however many do it in secret and this is often facilitated by online activity.

Signs and symptoms

  • Feeling restless
  • Reduced performance in work
  • Gambling to escape problems
  • Being unable to meet financial commitments such as rent, mortgage etc
  • Changes in mood
  • Becoming withdrawn from others, such as family
  • Agitated, worried and upset
  • Changes in personality
  • Controlling and/or manipulative behaviour
  • Trying to get back money by gambling more – chasing losses
  • The desire to feel highs and thrills
  • Gambling can result in emotional symptoms such as depression and anxiety
  • Gambling can result in physical symptoms caused by the emotional symptoms such as sleep problems, weight gain or weight loss.


You can contact any of the services/supports in An Garda Síochána including:

Employee Assistance Service on 01 6660390 or

Peer Supporters – a full list of peer supporters is available on the portal


Fr. Joe Kennedy and Rev David Pierpoint have their contact numbers listed on the portal.

Additional support and information